Sunday, January 23, 2011

Lelia Broussard Effervescent At Rockwood Music Hall

Lelia Broussard: January 20 @ Rockwood Music
Hall, New York, NY

Thursday night had me paying a visit to the LES. I went down to the Rockwood Music Hall to catch singer/songwriter Lelia Broussard.

Broussard came onto my radar with her latest album Masquerade. The record is a great collection of catchy pop/rock tunes. The thing that caught my ear when I first heard the record was her voice. When Broussard launched into her set at Rockwood Thursday night, it was immediately clear that she was the real deal. There was no hocus pocus, bibbidi bobbidi trickery going on to try and fool the audience. This is a woman who can sing. While Masquerade leans more towards the poppier side of rock, her show, those songs leaned more on the rocker chick side of things.

Broussard is an infectious performer. You couldn't help but smile while she rocked out. She and her band were crammed onto Rockwood's tiny stage and became even more crowded when Broussard invited fellow musicians/friends up throughout the set to help her sing songs. I enjoy her recorded works but it's live where she shines. You would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn't check out her live show or her record for that matter.

(More photos HERE)